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Conejo Valley Adult School
Conejo Valley Adult Education

1025 0ld Farm Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Main Office: 805 497-2761

Administration
Mike Sanders, Principal
Sam Kane, Counselor
 
Accredited by
Western Association of
Schools & Colleges (WASC)
Accredited by WASC



 

 
 

 



 

Mission & Messages
WASC Accreditation Student Learner Outcomes Student Forum Faculty Forum Community Advisory

Section 504 Compliance

Non-Discrimination Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure Workforce Investment
CalWorks / Veterans Smoke-Free Campus External Links Terms of Use Privacy Policy
 
.Mission Statement
Conejo Valley Adult Education is dedicated to providing adults with opportunities to improve and enrich their lives, including skills to transition successfully to the work force, college, or vocational programs, and to attain personal goals.
 
.Princpal's Message
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Mike Sanders, Principal


August 2014

Dear Adult School Participants,
Conejo Valley Adult Education is pleased to present a wide variety of educational offerings. Adult Education offers a unique opportunity for each one of you to reach your potential.We strive to offer classes that may lead to advancement or new jobs, as well as classes that will enrich your life.

We are proud of our Computer Training Center and Medical programs that have helped many students find a new career opportunity. Many adults find great pleasure in giving the gift of reading by volunteering in our Literacy Program. Our English as a Second Language program is designed to provide English skills and build a sense of community, and adults can study to earn their High School Diploma or High School Equivalency. Students transitioning to community college or vocational programs can take advantage of our Bridge Program in Pre-Algebra and in College Prep Reading and Writing. Senior citizens may explore invigorating classes in our Senior Adult Enrichment Program. The Parent Education program offers parent and child classes in a wonderful setting at the Horizon Hills campus. Finally, we offer many varied classes from cooking to accounting (there is no accounting for taste) in our Community Enrichment Program. Conejo Valley Adult School is here to make your potential a reality. Have a great year.

Mike Sanders, Principal

 
.Accredited by WASC
Conejo Valley Adult School (CVAS), also known as Conejo Valley Adult Education (CVAE), was established in 1974, and is an integral part of Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD). CVAS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC is the accrediting body for schools and colleges in the Western United States and territories. CVAS has been continuously accredited since 1980. Here is our 2012 WASC Self-Study Report, submitted as part of the process to apply for accreditation renewal. The Self-Study Report culminates in a specific Action Plan; here are the Action Plan Goals. The school has earned a 6-year term, the maximum that the Accrediting Commission awards. Here is the WASC web page displaying our accreditation status.
WASC Self-Study Report
 
.Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs)

Our students will become...

Lifelong Learners who:
• Develop goals or skills responsive to their changing world, workplace and/or personal situation
• Access and utilize information effectively
• Pursue training and courses of study that relate to their goals
• Remain current with lifestyle trends, economic developments  and technological enhancements

 
Productive individuals who:
• Use available resources effectively to achieve their goals
• Assume social responsibility by contributing time, knowledge and talents to help and serve others
• Work independently to complete tasks or collaboratively to reach common objectives.
• Engage in lifelong physical activity and mental challenges to promote independence and to enhance quality of life

 
Critical and Creative Thinkers who:

• Identify problems and apply problem solving strategies to a variety of situations
• Locate, organize and apply information
• Monitor and evaluate progress; adjust plans and goals accordingly
• Create and validate intellectual, practical, aesthetic and inventive works
 
Effective Communicators who:

• Use appropriate spoken and written language to communicate ideas in both formal and informal situations
• Read for information and understanding
• Listen objectively and respond appropriately to others
• Utilize technology and a variety of media to convey and access ideas and information

 
.Our Commitment to You

The commitment of the Conejo Valley Adult School is that at the completion of a class or program, every student will have:

• Met his/her expectations for the class or program
• Achieved a personal goal
• Gained a skill or life experience

 
.Student Forum—Please join us
As part of ongoing WASC accreditation self-study, Conejo Valley Adult School conducts periodic Student Forums to discuss the school's programs. What are our strengths? Where do we need to improve? All students and former students are invited to participate in these Student Forums. Please contact us at 805-497-2761 to inquire about the next Forums.
 
 
Student Forums allow us to better offerings and service at your Conejo Valley Adult School. Above, representative from the morning session of the Nov. 20, 2014 forum; they offered commendations and good suggestions. From left, clockwise, Oscar Vendrell; Bette Empol, ABE/ESL staff; Mike Sanders, principal; Ashley Uy-De-Ong, Medical; Judy Knight, Enrichment; Jenean Bass, Enrichment; Noah Adams, Parenting; Alberto Reyes, ABE/HSE; Sam Kane, counselor; Ana Rodriguez, ABE/HSE; Juana Beltran, ABE/HSE; Kimberlee Marachver, Learning Center/Parenting. Evening participants, not pictured: Claudia Morales, ABE/HSE; Miriam Alvarez, ABE/HSE; Ragnar Storm-Larsen, Enrichment; Mike Borkovitz, Computer; Taylor Johnston, Medical; Brandy Ringler-Perri, Parenting; Bette Empol, ABE/ESL staff; Sam Kane, Counselor; Mike Sanders, Staff.
 
 
Above, representatives from the Dec. 4, 2013 forum, with commendations & good suggestions, from left: Art Olivares, Community & Technology Center; Itzel Rodriguez, Academics; Linda Valentine, Community Enrichment Dept.; Mary Jackson, Medical Training Dept.; Mike Waters, Principal; Loredana Carson, Community Liaison. The previous day, participating were: Graciela Spence, ESL; Christa Clippinger, Parent Education; Rom Maldonado, Community Enrichment Dept.; Karina Kanul, Medical Dept.; Patrick Sturm, Academics.
 
 
Thank you to our Oct. 30, 2012 Student Forum participants for your valuable feedback and input: From left, Mike Waters (principal), Bita Bankian, Victoria Peabody, Eric Aden, Nancy Chretien, ivette Font, Sherri Schoenberger, and Christina Boysen.
Thank you to our Nov. 1, 2012 Student Forum participants for your valuable feedback and input.
 
.Faculty Forum
The Faculty Forum, which meets at least twice annually, make strategies to improve an already outstanding school.
Clockwise from left: Mike Sanders, Principal; Lorie McDonald, Office Manager; Leslie Alexander, Medical Dept. Teacher; Wendy Summerfield, Coordinator; Professional Development; Anne Bartholomew, Community Enrichment Dept.; Sam Kane, Counselor; Alejandra Hernandez, Aide, ESL/ABE; Tracy Borkovec, ABE Teacher.
 
From left, Kathy Stelmar, Parent Education Dept.; Mike Waters, Principal; Ruth Bennington, Community Enrichment; Elisa Degli-Angeli-Henke; Dana Thompson, Computer Training Center; Sam Kane, Counselor & Administrative Coordinator. Not pictured: Kandy Ono, Learning Center; and Leslie Alexander, Medical Dept.
 
.Community Advisory Board
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Pictured, Susan Trumble, of Sage Publications, makes her point at our Community Advisory Board meeting, initiated in 2013 and which will meet annually to discuss articulation between Conejo Valley Adult School and organizations throughout the community. Other Advisory Board members are: Barbara Minkoff, Literacy Center; Janet Stuhur, Pat Parley-Cook and Reed Walsh, Dept. of Rehabilitation; Jane Harmon, Moorpark College; Judi Gindi, Westminster Free Clinic; Lori McFarland, Arroyo Oaks Medical; Theresa Salazar Vital, Workforce Investment Board; Adam Haverstock, Jeff Gorell's office; Cheri Orgel, Julia Brownley's office; Jacqui Irwin, City of Thousand Oaks and Rotary Club; Diane McKay, Ventura Community College District Trustee; Lindy Dean, Employment Development Dept, Thousand Oaks; Christine Downey, Cumulus Media; Wendy Brenner, Boys and Girls Club; Pat Croner, Chamber of commerce; Jeff Davis, Marina Mihalevsky and Linda Bekeny, District Office, CVUSD. Conejo Valley Adult School attendees: Christina Alwood, ernie Calle, Loredana Carson (chairperson), Bette Empol, Irene Freeman, Eilene Green, Devin Holzer, Daren Iezza, Bonnie Kane, Sam Kane, Nancy Leahy, Mike Waters, Cindy Wagner.
 
.Section 504 Compliance
The Conejo Valley Unified School District complies with the rules and regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Questions or complaints regarding the existence and location of services, activities, and facilities should be addressed to:

Associate Director, Pupil Services
Section 504 Coordinator CVUSD
1400 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 • (805) 497-9511
 
.Workforce Investment Board
Vocational training for Conejo Valley Adult School is funded by the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Ventura County. Participants must meet eligibility criteria. For more information, call (805) 497-2761 ext. 1024. WIB provides programs for low-income youth and adults ages 18 and older of any income that may help pay for job training and provide other benefits as well.
 
.Freedom from Discrimination / Harassment
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Freedom from Discrimination / Harassment (PDF)
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Freedom from Discrimination
(E.C. 200 et seq.; E.C. 221.5; E.C 48980(g); Rehabilitation Act of 1973, §504; Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX; Educational Amendment Act of 1972; Board Policies 1312.3, 5145,3, and 5145.7)

It is the policy of the District to provide a safe school environment where all individuals in education are afforded equal access and opportunities. The District's academic and other educational support programs, services and activities shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any individual based on a person's mental or physical disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, color, national origin, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic group identity, age, religion, marital or parental status or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Specifically, state law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in enrollment, counseling, and the availability of physical education, athletic activities, and sports. Transgender students shall be permitted to participate in gender-segregated school programs and activities ( e.g. athletic teams, sports competitions, and field trips) and to use facilities consistently with their gender identity. The District assures that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation in District programs. Complaints of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying are investigated through the Uniform Complaint Process. Such complaints must be filed no later than six months after knowledge of the alleged discrimination was first obtained. For additional information, the Title IX Coordinator for the District for issues involving employees is Mark McLaughlin, Assistant Superintendent, Personnel Services, OR for issues not involving employees is Robert Iezza, Deputy Superintendent, Instructional Services. They are both located at the District Office, 1400 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362, (805) 497-9511.

Libertad de Discriminación / Acoso
(E.C. 200 et seq.; E.C. 221.5; E.C 48980(g); Rehabilitation Act of 1973, §504; Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX; Educational Amendment Act of 1972; Board Policies 1312.3, 5145,3, and 5145.7)
Es la póliza del Distrito de proveer un ambiente escolar seguro, donde todos los individuos en la educación son atorgado igualdad de acceso y oportunidades. Los programas académicos y otros programas de apoyo educacional del Distrito, servicios y actividades serán libres de discriminación, acoso, intimidación, y bullying de cualquier persona basado en discapacidad mental o física, género, identidad de género, expresión de género, sexo, color, origen nacional, raza u origen étnico, religión, orientación sexual, identidad de grupo étnico, edad, religión, estado civil o estado paterno o asociado con una persona o grupo con una o más de estas características actuales o percibidas. Específicamente, la ley estatal prohíbe la discriminación por motivos de género en la matrícula, asesoramiento, y la disponibilidad de la educación física, actividades deportivas y deportes. Se les permitirá a los estudiantes transgénero participar en los programas y actividades escolares segregados por género (por ejemplo, los equipos de atletismo, competiciones deportivas, y excursiones) y el uso de las instalaciones en forma compatible con su identidad de género. El Distrito asegura que la falta del idioma inglés no será una barrera para la admisión o participación en programas del Distrito. Las quejas de discriminación ilegal, acoso, intimidación, o bullying son investigadas a través del Uniform Complaint Process. Tal quejas deben ser presentadas a más tardar seis meses después del primer conocimiento de la supuesta discriminación fue obtenido. Para obtener información adicional, el Coordinador del Título IX del Distrito para asuntos involucrando empleados es Mark McLaughlin, el Asistente del Superintendente, Servicios de Personal O para asuntos que no involucran a empleados es Robert Iezza, Superintendente Diputado, Servicios de Instrucción. Ambos están ubicados en la Oficina del Distrito, 1400 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362, (805) 497-9511.

 
.CalWORKS
Offered in agreement with the Public Social Services Agency of Ventura County: courses include basic remediation in reading, writing, math, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Other programs: high school diploma, G.E.D., English as a second language, and vocational training. Call Wendy Summerfield (805) 497-2761 ext. 1024.
 
.Veterans
Certain courses approved for the training of veterans and other eligible persons.
 
.Smoke-Free Campus
Students: Please help us build our public image with our community and neighbors. Refrain from smoking on campus. It is against State law. Refrain from smoking at our front gates. Our neighbors are upset and complaining. Refrain from smoking on the northern side of the park. We have high school students on that side of campus. If you must smoke, please use the south side of the park. Again, use the south side of the park, past the last Century Academy parking sign if you must smoke. Thanks, Mike Waters, Principal
Veterans
.External Links
 
.Conejo Valley Unified School District;
California Adult Schools
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California Dept. of Education directory
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Western Assn. of Schools & Colleges;
Facebook
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LinkedIn;
Wikipedia
 
.Terms of Use—External Link Disclaimer Statement

No endorsement is intended or made of any hypertext link (hyperlink), product, service, or information either by its inclusion or exclusion from this page or site. Whereas all attempts are made to ensure the correctness and suitability of that information under our control and to correct any errors brought to our attention, no representation or guarantee is or can be made as to the correctness or suitability of that information or any linked information presented, referenced, or implied. All critical information should be independently verified.

The inclusion of links from this site or resulting from use of the Google Custom Search does not imply endorsement by Conejo Valley Adult School aka Conejo Valley Adult Education, Conejo Valley Unified School District, the webmaster, administrator, counselor, instructor/teacher, secretary, or any other District employee. Conejo Valley Adult School make no endorsement, express or implied, of any to or from its website, nor is it responsbile for the content or activities of any linked sites.

 
.Privacy Policy
Welcome to Conejo Valley Adult School (the "Site"), also known as Conejo Valley Adult Education.

We understand that privacy online is important to users of our Site, especially when conducting business. This statement governs our privacy policies with respect to those users of the Site ("Visitors") who visit without transacting business and Visitors who register to transact business on the Site and make use of the various services offered by Conejo Valley Adult School (collectively, "Services") ("Authorized Customers"). Here is our
Privacy Policy.
 
.California Adult Education Strategic Plan
Conejo Valley Adult School strives to implement major elements of the California Adult Education Strategic Plan:

"... California has the opportunity to renew an educational system that provides adults with the academic and career skills needed to support themselves and their families and make meaningful contributions to the state’s economic future by:

• Addressing the needs of undereducated residents who are beyond the reach of the kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) system but are not ready for community college, other forms of higher education, or the workforce.

• Providing relevant academic programs to reengage students who drop out of the K–12 system.

• Linking education with support services to enhance student outcomes....

The mission of the Adult Education system aligns with the educational, economic, and social needs of California as it moves further into the 21st century. Increasing the skill levels of the workforce supports the attraction of new business and the retention and growth of existing business. Skilled workers employed in well-paying jobs, in turn, generate tax revenues and enable reductions in social expenditures. Economic imperatives and the needs of millions of Californians for basic educational services require Adult Education to focus its mission as follows:

The mission of the California Department of Education Adult Education system is to advance California’s economic, workforce development and societal goals by preparing adult learners for college, career, and civic responsibility.

Preparation for college is the development of the literacy and mathematics skills necessary to transition to non-remedial coursework in a variety of postsecondary settings, including moderate-term and long-term on-the-job training, industry certification programs, apprenticeship, the military, two- and four-year college and university programs, and high-level technical schools.

Preparation for civic responsibility is the development of literacy skills that enable students to understand their responsibilities and benefit from the rights of civic life...."
 
.CVUSD Board Policy & Administrative Regulation regarding Sexual Harassment
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Sexual Harassment (PDF) Sexual Harassment - Spanish(PDF)
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Board Policy (BP 5145.7)

Sexual Harassment

Students

The Governing Board is committed to maintaining a safe school environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. The Board prohibits sexual harassment of students at school or at school-sponsored or school-related activities.   The Board also prohibits retaliatory behavior or action against any person who files a complaint, testifies, or otherwise participates in district complaint processes.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities) (cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)
(cf. 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11  - Sexual Harassment) (cf. 5131 - Conduct)
(cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)
(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)
(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)
(cf. 6142.1 - Sexual Health and HIVIAIDS Prevention Instruction) Instruction/Information
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all district students receive age-appropriate instruction and information on sexual harassment. Such instruction and information shall include:

What acts and behavior constitute sexual harassment, including the fact that sexual harassment could occur between people of the same sex and could involve sexual violence

A clear message that students do not have to endure sexual harassment

Encouragement to report observed instances of sexual harassment, even where the victim of the harassment has not complained

Information about the district's procedure for investigating complaints and the person(s) to whom a report of sexual harassment should be made

Information about the rights of students and parents/guardians to file a criminal complaint, as applicable

Complaint Process

Any student who feels that he/she is being or has been sexually harassed on school grounds or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity (e.g., by a visiting athlete or coach) shall immediately contact his/her teacher or any other employee.         An employee who receives such a complaint shall report it in accordance with administrative regulation.

(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees) (cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that any complaints regarding sexual harassment are immediately investigated in accordance with administrative regulation. When the Superintendent or designee has determined that harassment has occurred, he/she shall take prompt, appropriate action to end the harassment and to address its effects on the victim.

Disciplinary Actions

Any student who engages in sexual harassment or sexual violence at school or at a
school-sponsored or school-related activity is in violation of this policy and shall be subject to disciplinary action.   For students in grades 4-12, disciplinary action may include suspension and/or expulsion, provided that, in imposing such discipline, the entire circumstances of the incident(s) shall be taken into account.

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities)) Confidentiality  and Record-Keeping
All complaints and allegations of sexual harassment shall be kept confidential except as necessary to carry out the investigation or take other subsequent necessary action.         (5 CCR 4964)

(cf. 4119.23/4219.23/4319.23  - Unauthorized Release of Confidential/Privileged  Information)
(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

The Superintendent or designee shall maintain a record of all reported cases of sexual harassment to enable the district to monitor, address, and prevent repetitive harassing behavior in the schools.


Legal Reference: EDUCATION CODE
200-262.4   Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex 48900    Grounds for suspension or expulsion
48900.2  Additional grounds for suspension or expulsion; sexual harassment

48904   Liability of parent/guardian for willful student misconduct 48980   Notice at beginning of term
CIVIL CODE
51.9   Liability for sexual harassment; business, service and professional relationships
1714.l   Liability of parents/ guardians for willful misconduct of minor GOVERNMENT CODE
12950.1   Sexual harassment training CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5 4600-4687   Uniform complaint procedures
4900-4965  Nondiscrimination  in elementary and secondary education programs UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
1681-1688  Title IX, discrimination UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42
1983   Civil action for deprivation of rights
2000d-2000d-7  Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964
2000e-2000e-17  Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS,  TITLE 34
106.1-106.71 Nondiscrimination  on the basis of sex in education programs COURT DECISIONS
Donovan v. Poway Unified School District, (2008) 167 Cal.App.4th 567 Flores v. Morgan Hill Unified School District, (2003, 9th Cir.) 324 F.3d 1130 Reese v. Jefferson School District, (2001, 9th Cir.) 208 F.3d 736
Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, (1999) 526 U.S. 629 Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District, (1998) 524 U.S. 274 Oona by Kate S. v. McCaffrey, (1998, 9th Cir.) 143 F.3d 473
Doe v. Petaluma City School District, (1995, 9th Cir.) 54 F.3d 1447

Management Resources:
CSBA PUBLICATIONS
Safe Schools:    Strategies for Governing Boards to Ensure Student Success, 2011
Providing a Safe, Nondiscriminatory  School Environment for All Students, Policy Brief, April 2010
OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS PUBLICATIONS
Dear Colleague Letter:   Sexual Violence, April 4, 2011
Sexual Harassment: It's Not Academic, September 2008
Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance, January 2001 WEB SITES
CSBA:    http://www.csba.org
California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr

CSBA (11101   3/09)   3112
CVUSD (3/09) 6/12

CVUSD Administrative Regulation (AR 5145.7)

Sexual Harassment

Students
Prohibited sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, unwanted requests for sexual favors, or other unwanted verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made against another person of the same or opposite sex in the educational setting, when made on the basis of sex and under any of the following conditions:           
(Education Code 212.5; 5 CCR 4916)

1. Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of a student's academic status or progress

2. Submission to or rejection of the conduct by a student is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting the student.

3. The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the student's academic performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.

4. Submission to or rejection of the conduct by the student is used as the basis for any decision affecting the student regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through any district program or activity.

(cf. 5131 - Conduct) (cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)
(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)
(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)
(cf. 6142.1 - Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction)

Examples of types of conduct which are prohibited in the district and which may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

1. Unwelcome leering, sexual flirtations, or propositions

2. Unwelcome sexual slurs, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments, or sexually degrading description

3. Graphic verbal comments about an individual's body or overly personal conversation

4. Sexual jokes, derogatory posters, notes, stories, cartoons, drawings, pictures, obscene gestures, or computer-generated images of a sexual nature

5. Spreading sexual rumors

6. Teasing or sexual remarks about students enrolled in a predominantly single-sex class

7. Massaging, grabbing, fondling, stroking, or brushing the body

8. Touching an individual's body or clothes in a sexual way

9. Impeding or blocking movements or any physical interference with school activities when directed at an individual on the basis of sex

10. Displaying sexually suggestive objects

11. Sexual assault, sexual battery, or sexual coercion

School-Level Complaint Process/Grievance Procedure

Complaints of sexual harassment, or any behavior prohibited by the district's Nondiscrimination/Harassment  policy - BP 5145.3, shall be handled in accordance with the following procedure:

1. Notice and Receipt of Complaint:   Any student who believes he/she has been subjected to sexual harassment or who has witnessed sexual harassment may file a complaint with any school employee. Within 24 hours of receiving a complaint, the school employee shall report it to the district Coordinator for Nondiscrimination(Assistant  Superintendent, Instruction) and/or Principal. In addition, any school employee who observes any incident of sexual harassment involving a student shall, within 24 hours, report this observation to the Coordinator/Principal, whether or not the victim files a complaint.

In any case of sexual harassment involving the Coordinator/Principal to whom the complaint would ordinarily be made, the employee who receives the student's report or who observes the incident shall instead report to the Superintendent or designee.

2. Initiation of Investigation: The Coordinator/Principal  shall initiate an impartial investigation of an allegation of sexual harassment within five school days of receiving notice of the harassing behavior, regardless of whether a formal complaint has been filed.   The district shall be considered to have "notice" of the need for an investigation upon receipt of information from a student who believes he/she has been subjected to harassment, the student's parent/guardian,  an employee who received a complaint from a student, or any employee or student who witnessed the behavior.

If the Coordinator/Principal receives an anonymous complaint or media report about alleged sexual harassment, he/she shall determine whether it is reasonable to pursue an investigation considering the specificity and reliability of the information, the seriousness of the alleged incident, and whether any individuals can be identified who were subjected to the alleged harassment.

3. Initial Interview with Student:   When a student or parent/guardian has complained or provided information about sexual harassment, the Coordinator/Principal shall describe the district's grievance procedure and discuss what actions are being sought by the student in response to the complaint.   The student who is complaining shall have an opportunity to describe the incident, identify witnesses who may have relevant information, provide other evidence of the harassment, and put his/her complaint in writing. If the student requests confidentiality, he/she shall be informed that such a request may limit the district's ability to investigate.

4. Investigation Process: The Coordinator/Principal shall keep the complaint and allegation confidential, except as necessary to carry out the investigation or take other subsequent necessary action.       (5 CCR 4964)

The Coordinator/Principal  shall interview individuals who are relevant to the investigation, including, but not limited to, the student who is complaining, the person accused of harassment, anyone who witnessed the reported harassment, and anyone mentioned as having relevant information. The Coordinator/Principal may take other steps such as reviewing any records, notes, or statements related to the harassment or visiting the location where the harassment is alleged to have taken place.

When necessary to carry out his/her investigation or to protect student safety, the Coordinator/Principal  also may discuss the complaint with the Superintendent or designee, the parent/guardian of the student who complained, the parent/guardian of the alleged harasser if the alleged harasser is a student, a teacher or staff member whose knowledge of the students involved may help in determining who is telling the truth, law enforcement and/or child protective services, and district legal counsel or the district's risk manager.

(cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting)

5. Interim Measures:   The Coordinator/Principal  shall determine whether interim measures are necessary during and pending the results of the investigation, such as placing students in separate classes or transferring a student to a class taught by a different teacher.

6. Optional  Mediation:  In cases of student-on-student harassment, when the student who complained and the alleged harasser so agree, the Coordinator/Principal may arrange for them to resolve the complaint informally with the help of a counselor, teacher, administrator, or trained mediator. The student who complained shall never be asked to work out the problem directly with the accused person unless such help is provided and both parties agree, and he/she shall be advised of the right to end the informal process at any time.

(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution)

7 Factors in Reaching a Determination: In reaching a decision about the complaint, the Coordinator/Principal may take into account:

a. Statements made by the persons identified above

b. The details and consistency of each person's account

c. Evidence of how the complaining student reacted to the incident

d. Evidence of any past instances of harassment by the alleged harasser

e. Evidence of any past harassment complaints that were found to be untrue

To judge the severity of the harassment, the Coordinator/Principal may take into consideration:

a. How the misconduct affected one or more students' education

b. The type, frequency, and duration of the misconduct

c. The identity, age, and sex of the harasser and the student who complained, and the relationship between them

d. The number of persons engaged in the harassing conduct and at whom the harassment was directed

e. The size of the school, location of the incidents, and context in which they occurred

f. Other incidents at the school involving different students

8. Written Report on Findings and Follow-Up:   No more than 30 days after receiving the complaint, the Coordinator/Principal  shall conclude the investigation and prepare a written a report of his/her findings.   This timeline may be extended for good cause.   If an extension is needed, the Coordinator/Principal  shall notify the student who complained and explain the reasons for the extension.

The report shall include the decision and the reasons for the decision and shall summarize the steps taken during the investigation. If it is determined that harassment occurred, the report shall also include any corrective actions that have or will be taken to address the harassment and prevent any retaliation or further harassment.                   This report shall be presented to the student who complained, the person accused, the parents/guardians of the student who complained and the student who was accused, and the Superintendent or designee.

In addition, the Coordinator/Principal shall ensure that the harassed student and his/her parent/guardian are informed of the procedures for reporting any subsequent problems. The Coordinator/Principal  shall make follow-up inquiries to see if there have been any new incidents or retaliation and shall keep a record of this information.

Enforcement of District Policy
The Superintendent or designee shall take appropriate actions to reinforce the district's sexual harassment policy.           As needed, these actions may include any of the following:

1 Removing vulgar or offending graffiti
(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism and Graffiti)

2. Providing training to students, staff, and parents/guardians  about how to recognize harassment and how to respond
(cf. 4131 - Staff Development) (cf. 4231 - Staff Development) (cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

3. Disseminating and/or summarizing the district's policy and regulation regarding sexual harassment

4. Consistent with the laws regarding the confidentiality of student and personnel records, communicating the school's response to parents/guardians and the community
(cf. 4119.23/4219 .23/4319.23 - Unauthorized Release of Confidential/Privileged  Information) (cf. 5125 - Student Records

5. Taking appropriate disciplinary action

In addition, disciplinary measures may be taken against any person who is found to have made a complaint of sexual harassment which he/she knew was not true.

(cf. 4118 - Suspension/Disciplinary Action)
(cf. 4218 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action) (cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities)

Notifications

A copy of the district's sexual harassment policy and regulation shall:

1. Be included in the notifications that are sent to parents/guardians  at the beginning of each school year (Education Code 48980; 5 CCR 4917)
(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

2. Be displayed in a prominent location in the main administrative building or other area where notices of district rules, regulations, procedures, and standards of conduct are posted, including school web sites   (Education Code 231.5)


3. Be provided as part of any orientation program conducted for new students at the beginning of each quarter, semester, or summer session (Education Code 231.5)

4. Appear in any school or district publication that sets forth the school's or district's comprehensive rules, regulations, procedures, and standards of conduct (Education Code 231.5)

5. Be provided to employees and employee organizations

CSBA (11101   3/09)   3/12
CVUSD (1/09) 6/12

 
.Uniform Complaint Procedures
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Uniform Complaint Procedures (PDF) Uniform Complaint Procedures Spanish (PDF)
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Board Policy (BP 1312.3)

Community Relations

The Governing Board recognizes that the district has the primary responsibility to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing educational programs. The district shall investigate and seek to resolve any complaints alleging failure to comply with such laws and/or alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying in accordance with the uniform complaint procedures.

The following paragraph lists types of discrimination prohibited by state and federal law, as well as the protected groups listed in 5 CCR 4610.
The district shall use the uniform complaint procedures to resolve any complaint alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying in district programs and activities based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal Code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)
(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)
(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials) (cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)
cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment) (cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

Uniform complaint procedures shall also be used to address any complaint alleging the district's failure to comply with the prohibition against requiring students to pay fees, deposits, or other charges for participation in educational activities, the requirements for the development and adoption of a school safety plan, and state and/or federal laws in adult education programs, consolidated categorical aid programs, migrant education, career technical and technical education and training programs, child care and development programs, child nutrition programs, and special education programs.

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)
(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)
(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)
(cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges)
(cf. 3320 - Claims and Actions Against the District)
(cf. 3553 - Free and Reduced Price Meals) (cf. 3555 - Nutrition Program Compliance)
(cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting)
(cf. 5148 - Child Care and Development)
(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program) (cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)
(cf. 6174 - Education for English Language Learners) (cf. 6175 - Migrant Education Program)
(cf. 6178 - Career Technical Education)
(cf. 6178.1 - Work-Based Learning)
(cf. 6178.2 - Regional Occupational Center/Program) (cf. 6200 - Adult Education)

The Board encourages the early, informal resolution of complaints at the site level whenever possible. In investigating complaints, the confidentiality of the parties involved and the integrity of the process shall be protected. As appropriate for any complaint alleging discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, the Superintendent or designee may keep the identity of a complainant confidential to the extent that the investigation of the complaint is not obstructed.

(cf. 4119.23/4219.23/4319.23 - Unauthorized Release of Confidential/Privileged Information)
(cf. 5125 - Student Records)
(cf. 9011 - Disclosure of Confidential/Privileged Information)

The Board prohibits any form of retaliation against any complainant in the complaint process, including but not limited to a complainant's filing of a complaint or the reporting of instances of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Such participation shall not in any way affect the status, grades, or work assignments of the complainant.

The Superintendent shall issue regulations establishing procedures or receiving, investigating, and resolving complaints in compliance with Title V California Code of Regulations.

The District annually will disseminate a written notice of the District's complaint procedures to students, employees, parents/guardians, school and district advisory committees, appropriate private school officials, and other interested parties.

The district's Williams uniform complaint procedures, AR 1312.4, shall be used to investigate and resolve any complaint related to the following:
Sufficiency of textbooks or instructional materials

Emergency or urgent facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health or safety of students or staff

3. Teacher vacancies and misassignments

(cf. 1312.4 - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures) Legal Reference:
EDUCATION CODE
200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination
8200-8498 Child care and development programs 8500-8538 Adult basic education
18100-18203 School libraries
32289 School safety plan, uniform complaint procedure 35186 Williams uniform complaint procedure
41500-41513 Categorical education block grants 48985 Notices in language other than English 49010-49013 Student fees
49060-49079 Student records
49490-49590 Child nutrition programs 52160-52178 Bilingual education programs 52300-52499.6 Career-technical education
52500-52616.24 Adult schools
52800-52870 School-based coordinated programs 54000-54028 Economic impact aid programs 54100-54145 Miller-Unruh Basic Reading Act 54400-54425 Compensatory education programs 54440-54445 Migrant education
54460-54529 Compensatory education programs 56000-56867 Special education programs
59000-59300 Special schools and centers 64000-64001 Consolidated application process CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
3080 Application of section
4600-4687 Uniform complaint procedures
4900-4965 Nondiscrim,ination in elementary and secondary education programs PENAL CODE
422.6 Interference with constitutional right or privilege GOVERNMENT CODE
11135 Nondiscrimination in programs or activities funded by state 12900-12996 Fair Employment and Housing Act
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
6301-6577 Title I basic programs
6601-6777 Title II preparing and recruiting high quality teachers and principals
6801-6871 Title III language instruction for limited English proficient and immigrant students 7101-7184 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act
7201-7283g Title V promoting informed parental choice and innovative programs 7301-7372 Title V rural and low-income school programs

Management Resources: WEB SITES
CSBA: http://www.csba.org
California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OCR

CSBA (3/03 11/04) 1/06
CVUSD (7/9/92 3/11/93 7/10/01 3/8/05 1/23/07) 4/08 4/13 10/14

Administrative Regulation AR 1312.3

Community Relations

Uniform Complaint Procedures

Compliance Officers

One of the ancillary purposes of the District Advisory Council and School Site Council system is to provide an orderly and responsible means by which parents and other community members can have their concerns considered. This is consistent with the intent that the District Advisory Council be a mechanism through which interested individuals and groups may make suggestions and recommendations to improve State and Federal funded programs.

Except as the Governing Board may otherwise specifically provide in other Board policies, the uniform complaint procedures shall be used only to investigate and resolve complaints alleging violations of federal or state laws or regulations governing specific educational programs, the prohibition against requiring students to pay fees, deposits, or other charges for participating in educational activities, and unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, as specified in accompanying Board policy.

(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)
(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)
(cf. 1312.4 - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures)
(cf. 4031 - Complaints Concerning Discrimination in Employment)

The district's uniform complaint procedures policy and administrative regulation shall be posted in all district schools and offices, including staff lounges and student government meeting rooms. If 15 percent or more of students enrolled in a particular district school speak a single primary language other than English, the district's policy, regulation, forms, and notices concerning uniform complaint procedures shall be translated into that language.

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

The Governing Board designates the following compliance officer(s) to receive and investigate complaints and to ensure district compliance with law:

Deputy Superintendent, Instructional Services 1400 E. Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 805-497-9511, ext. 238

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that employees designated to investigate complaints are knowledgeable about the laws and programs for which they are responsible. Designated employees may have access to legal counsel as determined by the Superintendent or designee.

(cf. 9124 - Attorney)

Notifications

The Superintendent or designee shall annually provide written notification of the district's uniform complaint procedures to students, employees, parents/guardians, the district advisory committee, school advisory committees, appropriate private school officials or representatives, and other interested parties. (Education Code 262.3, 49013; 5 CCR
4622)

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils) (cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees) (cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges)
(cf. 4112.9/4212.9/4312.9 - Employee Notifications) (cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

The Superintendent or designee shall make available copies of the district's uniform complaint procedures free of charge. (5 CCR 4622)

The Superintendent or designee shall annually provide written notification of the district's uniform complaint procedures to students, employees, parents/guardians, the district advisory committee, school advisory committees, appropriate private school officials or representatives, and other interested parties.

Accordingly, if an individual or group should have a complaint against a State or Federal funded program as listed in Board Policy 1312.3, the following procedures should be used:

Identify the person(s), position(s), or unit(s) responsible for receiving complaints

Advise the complainant of any civil law remedies that may be available to him/her under state or federal discrimination laws, if applicable

Advise the complainant of the appeal process pursuant to Education Code 262.3, including the complainant's right to take a complaint directly to the California Department of Education (CDE) or to pursue remedies before civil courts or other public agencies
Include statements that:

The district is primarily responsible for compliance with state and federal laws and regulations governing educational programs

The complaint review shall be completed within 60 calendar days from the date of receipt of the complaint unless the complainant agrees in writing to an extension of the timeline

A complaint alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying must be filed not later than six months from the date it occurred, or six months from the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

The complainant has a right to appeal the district's decision to the CDE by filing a written appeal within 15 days of receiving the district's decision

The appeal to the CDE must include a copy of the complaint filed with the district and a copy of the district's decision

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

Procedures

The following procedures shall be used to address all complaints which allege that the district has violated federal or state laws or regulations governing educational programs. Compliance officers shall maintain a record of each complaint and subsequent related actions, including all information required for compliance with 5 CCR 4631 and 4633.

All parties involved in allegations shall be notified when a complaint is filed, when a complaint meeting or hearing is scheduled, and when a decision or ruling is made.

Step 1: Filing of Complaint

Any individual, public agency or organization may file a written complaint of alleged noncompliance by the district. (5 CCR 4630)

A complaint concerning unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying may be filed only by a person who alleges that he/she personally suffered unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying or by a person who believes that an individual or any specific class of individuals has been subjected to it. The complaint shall be initiated no later than six months from the date when the alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying occurred, or six months from the date when the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination,
harassment, intimidation, or bullying. However, upon written request by the complainant, the Superintendent or designee may extend the filing period for up to 90 calendar days. (5 CCR 4630)

The complaint shall be presented to the compliance officer who shall maintain a log of complaints received, providing each with a code number and a date stamp.

A complaint alleging noncompliance with the law regarding the prohibition against requiring students to pay student fees, deposits, and charges may be filed anonymously if the complaint provides evidence or information leading to evidence to support an allegation of noncompliance.

A pupil fee complaint shall be filed no later than one year from the date the alleged violation occurred. (5CCR 4600(u))

The District will attempt in good faith by engaging in reasonable efforts to identify and fully reimburse all pupils, parents, and guardians who paid a pupil fee within one year prior to the filing of the complaint. (5 CCR 4630 (c)(2))

If a complainant is unable to put a complaint in writing due to conditions such as a disability or illiteracy, district staff shall assist him/her in the filing of the complaint. (5 CCR 4600)

Step 2: Investigation of Complaint

Within 10 calendar days of receiving the complaint, the compliance officer shall provide the complainant and/or his/her representative an opportunity to present the complaint and any evidence, or information leading to evidence, to support the allegations in the complaint. The compliance officer also shall collect all documents and interview all witnesses with information pertinent to the complaint.

This meeting shall provide an opportunity for the complainant and/or his/her representative to repeat the complaint orally.

A complainant's refusal to provide the district's investigator with documents or other evidence related to the allegations in the complaint, or his/her failure or refusal to cooperate in the investigation or his/her engagement in any other obstruction of the investigation, may result in the dismissal of the complaint because of a lack of evidence to support the allegation. (5 CCR 4631)

The district's refusal to provide the investigator with access to records and/or other information related to the allegation in the complaint, or its failure or refusal to cooperate in the investigation or its engagement in any other obstruction of the investigation, may result in a finding, based on evidence collected, that a violation has occurred and may result in the imposition of a remedy in favor of the complainant. (5 CCR 4631)
Step 3: Response

Within 30 calendar days of receiving the complaint, the compliance officer shall prepare and send to the complainant a written report of the district's investigation and decision, as described in Step #4 below. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the compliance officer's decision, he/she may, within five business days, file his/her complaint in writing with the Board.

The Board may consider the matter at its next regular Board meeting or at a special Board meeting convened in order to meet the 60-day time limit within which the complaint must be answered. The Board may decide not to hear the complaint, in which case the compliance officer's decision shall be final.

If the Board hears the complaint, the compliance officer shall send the Board's decision to the complainant within 60 calendar days of the district's initial receipt the complaint or within the time period that has been specified in a written agreement with the complainant. (5 CCR 4631)

Step 4: Final Written Decision

The district's decision shall be in writing and sent to the complainant. (5 CCR 4631)

The district's decision shall be written in English and in the language of the complainant whenever feasible or as required by law.

The decision shall include:

The findings of fact based on the evidence gathered (5 CCR 4631)

The conclusion(s) of law (5 CCR 4631)

Disposition of the complaint (5 CCR 4631)

Rationale for such disposition (5 CCR 4631)

Corrective actions, if any are warranted (5 CCR 4631)

Notice of the complainant's right to appeal the district's decision within 15 calendar days to the CDE and procedures to be followed for initiating such an appeal (5 CCR 4631)

Any decision concerning discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying complaint based on state law shall include a notice that the complainant must wait until 60 calendar days have elapsed from the filing of an appeal with the CDE before pursuing civil law remedies. (Education Code 262.3)

If an employee or student is disciplined as a result of the complaint, the decision shall simply state that effective action was taken and that the employee or student was informed of district expectations. The report shall not give any further information as to the nature of the disciplinary action.

If a complaint alleging noncompliance with the laws regarding student fees, deposits, and other charges is found to have merit, the district shall provide a remedy to all affected students and parents/guardians, which, where applicable, shall include reasonable efforts to ensure full reimbursement to them. (Education Code 49013)

Appeals to the California Department of Education

If dissatisfied with the district's decision, the complainant may appeal in writing to the CDE within 15 calendar days of receiving the district's decision. When appealing to the CDE, the complainant must specify the basis for the appeal of the decision and whether the facts are incon-ect and/or the law has been misapplied. The appeal shall be accompanied by a copy of the locally filed complaint and a copy of the district's decision. (5 CCR 4632)

Upon notification by the CDE that the complainant has appealed the district's decision, the Superintendent or designee shall forward the following documents to the CDE: (5 CCR 4633)

A copy of the original complaint

A copy of the decision

A summary of the nature and extent of the investigation conducted by the district, if not covered by the decision

A copy of the investigation file, including but not limited to all notes, interviews, and documents submitted by the parties and gathered by the investigator

A report of any action taken to resolve the complaint

A copy of the district's complaint procedures

Other relevant information requested by the CDE

The CDE may directly intervene in the complaint without waiting for action by the district when one of the conditions listed in 5 CCR 4650 exists; including cases in which the district has not taken action within 60 calendar days of the date the complaint was filed with the district.

Civil Law Remedies

A complainant may pursue available civil law remedies outside of the district's complaint procedures. Complainants may seek assistance from mediation centers or public/private interest attorneys. Civil law remedies that may be imposed by a court include, but are not limited to, injunctions and restraining orders.

For complaints alleging discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on state law, a complainant shall wait until 60 calendar days have elapsed from the filing of an appeal with the CDE before pursuing civil law remedies, provided the district has appropriately and in a timely manner apprised the complainant of his/her right to file a complaint in accordance with 5 CCR 4622. The moratorium does not apply to injunctive relief and to discrimination complaints based on federal law. (Education Code 262.3)

CSBA (10/97 3/02) 1/06
CVUSD ( 9/18/90 515192 8/6/01 4/9/02 1/23/07 4/08 4/13 10/14

 



Conejo Valley USD
1400 East Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
805 497-9511
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Board of Education

Peggy Buckles
Betsy Connolly
Mike Dunn
Pat Phelps
John Andersen

Superintendent
Dr. Jeff Baarstad

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